News from Ireland

Ireland Reaching Out - Meet and Greet Programme

Irish Reconnection Highlights 2022

When: Wednesday, 2 November, 2022

Finding out where in Ireland you come from is not the end of the story but rather the beginning of a new relationship with the town/village your ancestors once lived in.

Cousins Anne LeBlanc and Geraldine Walsh meet in Kinsale for the first time.

Connection Story - Massachusetts and Cork

When: Monday, 12 November, 2018

Picture above: Cousins Anne LeBlanc and Geraldine meet in Kinsale for the first time.

Kinsale (Cork) Cork
IrelandXO Connections - Victoria and County Offaly

IrelandXO Connections - Victoria and County Offaly

When: Friday, 5 July, 2019

In Ireland, they visited: Tulla, Co Clare; Cree, Co. Offaly; and Dublin.  They also met with Margaret, a volunteer with IrelandXO in Birr, who helped them investigate their Colbourn ancestors who had lived in the area in the early 1800s.

Kilcolman (Offaly) Offaly

IrelandXO Connections - Ontario and Ardcarne, County Roscommon

When: Thursday, 30 May, 2019

Wayne and his wife Ange, and Patti and her husband Dave, hail from a rural farming community in Huron County, Ontario. Wayne and Patti descend from a long line of farmers. In fact on their father’s side, they are sixth generation Canadians – all farmers.

Ardcarn (Roscommon) Roscommon
O'Connor Homestead in Kilscannell

Connection Story - Chicago and Ardagh

When: Wednesday, 13 March, 2019

Picture Above: Jeanie, Brad, Matt and Paddy Lewis with Seamus Callaghan and Mary Kury at the O'Connor Homestead in Kilscannell

Ardagh (Limerick) Limerick
Sally Rafferty (nee Booth) and her father Jim Booth in St Brendan's Church of Ireland Birr County Offaly

Connection Story - Surrey and County Offaly

When: Friday, 1 February, 2019

Last October, Sally Rafferty contacted Ireland Reaching Out to let us know that she was coming to Birr in Count Offaly, along with her father Jim. She asked if there was someone available locally to help them discover more about their Irish place of origin.

Birr (Offaly) Offaly
Boherbee in 1930s

Connection Story - Cleveland & Silvermines, County Tipperary.

When: Thursday, 14 June, 2018

Main Photo: the family home in Boherbee in the 1830s with Great Uncles Michael and Ned standing at the gate

Deborah Davis at the door of the old homestead 2015

Standing on the spot her ancestors were married - 156 years to the day later

When: Friday, 3 November, 2017

Picture: Traditional Farmers Cottage, Portsalon, Fanad (Mid-late 1800s). On right, Deborah Davies in Donegal in 2015

Clondavaddog (Donegal) Donegal
IrelandXO Connections - searching for Margaret Murphy

IrelandXO Connections - searching for Margaret Murphy

When: Wednesday, 17 July, 2019

Here Lyn talks about her family history search for her great great grandmother, Margaret Murphy, connecting with local the local IrelandXO volunteer network and visiting ancestral homesteads in County Tipperary.

Caher (Tipperary) Tipperary
Connection Story - Canada and Loughrea

Connection Story - Canada and Loughrea

When: Thursday, 13 September, 2018

Image above: Walking in the footsteps of the Usshers Seeing the Land of the Usshers By Andrea Lister I was recently fortunate enough to travel to Ireland and see the land where on which my ancestors were born.

Loughrea (Galway) Galway